Memoirs of a Linguist

Blog URL:http://www.linguist-in-waiting.com
Blog Tags:graduate school, linguistics, travel, experiments, dissertation, PhD
Country:United States
State/Province:New York
Location:Buffalo

This blog is about the daily activities of a 28-year-old Ph.D. candidate, who daydreams of seeing the world, while ranting about people around him, as he attempts to get the elusive three-letters after his name.



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One of the key doctrines of Jehovah's Witnesses is that followers of Jehovah should be "no part of the world". This means that Witnesses do not vote, they do not salute the flag, they do not sing the national anthem, and so forth. They...

As I mentioned before, Yazd doesn't have big-ticket sights like Isfahan. Nevertheless, it's a highlight of an Iran visit, due to its setting. And there are also several little sights scattered all over the place that it is simply a delight to...

A few months ago, I wrote about how Germans have the concept of a private voice. This is the voice that they use whenever they are in public, and silence is golden. Talking is more or less verboten among strangers, and talking within acquaintances is...

Kashan might have the lion's share of fantastic Persian traditional houses, but Yazd also has some buildings that are worth a look. Yazd doesn't have big-ticket attractions unlike Isfahan, but nevertheless its desert location makes it an inte...

Giacomo Puccini is a composer that I wasn't familiar with until recently. Mostly because of the fact that I was trained as a classical pianist, I just don't bump too often into his music. Aside from the fact that I visited his hometown and mu...

In 2011, UNESCO listed "The Persian Gardens" as a World Heritage Site. There are actually several gardens that are included in the list, including the garden attached to the Chehel Sotun Palace in Isfahan. The Dolat Abad Garden in Yazd is a...

Back in December, I did a short trip to New York City. I flew with Swiss International Air Lines, which, coincidentally, was also the airline I flew with when I first crossed the Atlantic Ocean. This was back in 2006, when I was living in Buffalo and...